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ArchivedEffective: 1 January, 2006 - 31 December, 2019Categories: Private EquitySource: Interpretive Guidance for Private Equity
Should early-stage venture investments be treated differently than more mature investments?
More mature investments with established profit, growth, and cash flow characteristics are in practice easier to benchmark against quoted market multiples for valuation purposes than are early-stage investments. In principle, early-stage investments should also be valued at fair value, although it is recognized that there will be instances where fair value cannot be estimated with any reasonable accuracy. In these instances, cost less estimated impairment needs to be used. Where early stage investments have raised material amounts of further funding on an arm’s length basis, this practice does provide a market-based value.